Thousands of euro damage to Edenderry Acorn Centre

A 22 year old Edenderry man has admitted causing thousands of euro in damage to the premises of a juvenile diversion scheme he attended as a teenager.

A 22 year old Edenderry man has admitted causing thousands of euro in damage to the premises of a juvenile diversion scheme he attended as a teenager.

Darren Cullen, 79 Greenwood Park said he has little recollection of the incident at the Acorn Centre, Edenderry on March 27 where doors were damaged and architrave was pulled off the walls.

Inspector Kieran Keyes said the premises had been extensively damaged, with Garda Tom McTigue putting the cost in the thousands of euro.

He noted the building had been recently renovated and described how money, televisions, a camcorder, phones and other items were taken, but most were recovered.

Mr Cullen also admitted damaging the door of a medical hall on JKL Street the night before.

When reminded by Judge Catherine Staines that the Acorn Centre is designed to help people like him, Mr Cullen said he had apologised to Kevin Farrell, the coordinator.

Mr Donal Farrelly said his client has a serious heroin addiction and Mr Cullen said he has been giving urines for three months to secure a place on a treatment course.

He will be assessed next week for the placement, and Judge Staines said she would give the young man a chance to get that placement.

She wants Mr Cullen to save €100 per week from his social welfare payment so he can pay €1,000 to the Acorn Centre.

But, adjourning the case to July, Judge Staines said she would make no promises about what course she might take on that day.

She requested an up to date probation report.